Business leaders to take part in Brexit battle in Cookstown

Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Magherafelt is pictured with Brian Clerkin, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Belfast and Ronan McGuirk, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Newry.

Michael McAllister, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Magherafelt is pictured with Brian Clerkin, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Belfast and Ronan McGuirk, director, ASM Chartered Accountants in Newry.

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With the Assembly elections done and dusted, attention is now turning to the EU vote on June 23 and Cookstown will be the venue for what promises to be a heated Brexit debate.

The BBC’s Wendy Austin will chair the proceedings at the Glenavon House Hotel on June 2, which will feature some of Northern Ireland’s most prominent businesses.

The debate is being organised by local award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants

Michael McAllister, a director at ASM Chartered Accountants in Magherafelt said he hoped the debate will help local people make an informed decision on Europe.

“Following on from last year’s hugely successful Cross Border Bureau seminar series, we wanted to host a further series of events that are educational as well as giving people the chance to discuss real issues affecting their business,” he said.

“Brexit is a hot topic for most businesses, and everyone who attends the seminars can expect to come away with some useful insights to help form their vote decision.

“We will also be holding a straw poll of our own before and after each debate to get a flavour of where the audience lies.”

Michael added: “With six offices in both jurisdictions we are holding a total of three seminars – Belfast, Newry and Cookstown – and encourage any business person with an interest in hearing or getting involved in the debate to sign up as soon as possible, as places are limited.”

The panels at each event will be made up of well-known business people from the world of hospitality, professional services, manufacturing, building and the public sector.

The Cookstown event will feature Sean Coyle, CEO of Keystone and Mark Cuskeran, Managing Director at SDC Trailers.

Admission to the seminars is free and open to anyone with an interest in taking part or listening to the debate.

To book a place on the Cookstown seminar, email carmeen.mckeever@asmmagherafelt.com or call 028 7930 1777.

Last week, a farmer in the Sperrins painted his livestock with the simple message ‘IN’.